What Is the Difference Between a High School Diploma and a GED?

What Is the Difference Between a High School Diploma and a GED?

Which one is right for you?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a high school diploma and a GED? Are you thinking of pursuing a GED yourself, and want to know what will be expected of you? Are you wondering if your GED will be as competitive as a high school diploma when it comes to applying for college? Here are the answers to those questions, and how you can pick the right option for you:
A GED, or General Education Development, is a set of tests that determine if a student has a high school level of education or not. It’s an alternative to attending high school, and there can be many reasons why a student didn’t complete high school, such as health reasons, choosing to drop out, etc. A GED is basically a second chance at high school, therefore, you will miss out on the high school experience, such as clubs, sports, making friends, and more, but you can better your future than if you didn’t have one at all.

The contrasts between a GED and a high school diploma:

There are some major contrasts between a GED and a high school diploma. For example, the amount of time it takes to complete a high school diploma is typically 4 years (some students finish earlier, although this is not too common). A GED test is a 7 hour test that focuses on 5 subject areas, thus, making it much less of a time commitment than a high school diploma. The age requirement for a GED varies by state and particular conditions, for example, if a student is in the care of the state. If you want to apply for a four-year university, it is recommended that you have a high school diploma. More often than not, most jobs will be more accepting of a high school diploma than a GED.

The similarities between a GED and a high school diploma:

A GED and high school diploma will both get you into a community college, and many employers accept both when hiring (usually, these jobs make a statement saying they accept both. It’s important to do research on a company to ensure that they employ those with a GED instead of a high school diploma). If you eventually want to attend a four-year university, you can complete your associate’s degree from a community college and transfer, or just spend one year at a community college to display your level of college readiness.

What are the requirements for a GED?

A student must not have already graduated from high school, and must complete the test one to three years after their 18th birthday (this varies by state, so check for specifics in your state).


Overall, you can be successful in life with either a high school diploma or a GED. There are some differences between the two, but ultimately, if you work hard and create a good plan, you can achieve your goals. Many people have gotten a GED instead of a high school diploma and have gone on to do great things.
Specific information regarding a GED and a high school diploma all depend on the state that you reside in and the rules required in that state. Make sure to conduct extensive research, and ideally talk to a professional such as a teacher or tutor to ensure that you are making the right decision.

Miles Smart Tutoring is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and we offer online and in-person GED test prep. We can help you to adequately prepare for the exam and feel confident in doing so, no matter where you are located in the United States.

We also offer one-on-one and group tutoring for most subjects, including English, mathematics, science, language, and we also provide college readiness help, including help with essay writing and grammar
Our tutors go through a rigorous hiring process of a background check, reference check, and more. We only hire 2 out of every 10 tutors we interview due to our selectiveness, so you can be confident that your tutor will meet your expectations and beyond.
We want to help you to achieve your personal and professional goals. We truly care for our students, and our results speak for themselves. We were the recipient of the 2019 ‘Best of St. Petersburg Award in the Area of Tutoring Service,’ and we helped students receive over $24 million in grants and scholarships based on an increase in SAT and ACT test scores.

If you would like to learn more about the services that we offer here at Miles Smart Tutoring, you can visit our website: www.milessmarttutoring.com, or call us: (813) 328-3036. We look forward to hearing from you!

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